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if you are a victim of crime you can come in and be treated fairly and justly. [inaudible] with the sisters of perpetual indulgence to get the word out again that these stations are lgtb safe zones, places where you can come to report and feel safe. we are trying to get the community around 16th and mission involved in a similar safe zone project where we want to get businesses to come forward and become safe zones for the transgender community should they feel they need a place to go into where they can feel safe, where someone can call the police for them and
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offer them assistance. we want these businesses around that area to become involved in that as well. we've conducted roll call training regarding or department policies involving interactions with transgendered individuals as i've said in other forrums regarding crimes against transgender, we really want to encourage that if somebody reports a crime and if they are a victim and feel they're not obtaining the best service, i've always asked them to have a sergeant come to the scene because we want everybody treated fairly and
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appropriately in the way they should be. >> thank you very much. supervisor yee, you have a question? >> just a quick question. in regards to the three this year or the 11 in previous years total, i'm curious when -- let's take the three this year. two were assaulted and one was robbery. were they tar targeted because they were transgender or they were just assaulted randomly, i guess. >> these three cases it appears that these were not specifically targeted as being crimes specifically against transgenders. what we do when we have these crimes is we contact special investigations /tk*e detail who have the hate
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crime unit and we run these crimes past them. they have a hate crimes unit that looks at these cases. i was just talking to lieutenant grace, they also have our transgender liaison for our department. he's working with the hate crimes unit to actually further look into any /eufrbl shoes that we have regarding transgender cases. >> this is general question for the da and police whether or not we have an effort to, as you were saying, sort of bridge that understanding of the transgender population with
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those that don't understand the population. is there some effort being made at this point whether it's through your department or any department in san francisco. >> as i mentioned -- i assume you're talking with the communality? as i mentioned, and i'll speak to the police part and i believe rebel /ka you can speak to the da's office. one thing we're working towards -- the lbgt safe zones.
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>> district attorney's office. >> thank you for the question. we've had trainings for the office and [inaudible] victim services advocates as well as our prosecutors on these issues. we have had a conversation about doing a /p-b lick awareness campaign and will continue that conversation. >> is that conversation inclusive of the school district? a: yes. >> yes. >> if you don't mind, we have a number of young san francisco citizens who are visiting our chambers today. welcome to the committee. can you talk a little bit about the
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interaction with and the role of the hate crimes unit. what's the role of the mission station and what's the role of the hate crime's unit. >> when we get a case, especially a case like this that's involving a transgender victim, we look at the elements of the case, look at the facts of the incident, call an individual from the hate crimes unit, review that case with them and proceed from there. if it is a hate crimes case, that unit would take that case and proceed further with the investigation. if it is a case that doesn't involve hate crime elements, as did our robberies and assaults then we would
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investigate it at mission station. >> if someone from the hate crimes division can come up and introduce yours. yourself. if you can tell us a little bit about how what your role is. say there's an incident that happened that there are allegations that it could be a hate crime, where do you get involved and how does that work? >> we get involved that night or day through communication with the district. we either go on scene and speak with the witnesses, victims, or we get assigned the case later the next following day and what we do is we reach out to the
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station in communication with whoever investigated. we communicate with them, discuss the case, see if there's any further information. we then go to the da's office. we consult with them in regards to the case and seep where we stand and we then go and interview nibble that -- either the suspect or the victim and then we either charge or we do that not. >> can i ask you at what point do you speak to the victim here? >> either that night or the following day. >> so can you tell us a little bit about the kind of outreach that you do to the transgender
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community. out reach -- a lot
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of it has been listening. we've been trying to listen and also make ourselves available to the community. >> okay. thank you. the point that i want to make sheer is this and this is not a personal point against any /phebl of the hate crimes unit. i appreciate that people have a job to do and we appreciate the work, but this is part of the
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frustration here. but i am grateful that we are talking about the mission station because captain has repeatedly proven himself to be very responsive to the residents of that neighborhood. the problem i have with the hate crimes unit is that i have to say it hasn't been, in my view, engaged in the level that it needs to be engaged. until now that captain said that they were here, my office had not even heard from them that they were coming. i had to call chief [inaudible] yesterday and ask them to make sure that they were here because i think that it would have been embarrassing if the hate crimes unit hadn't been present for this
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discussion. i don't think it's meaningful out reach to the transgender community and i think this is a big part of the problem and i really hope that the situation changings. i know that [inaudible] is committed to this issue, i know captain is committed to this issue, but i think that the presentation as we saw speaks for itself. there's a lot to be desired there. so with that, let me call only the department of the status of women. i want to thank our executive director and your staff for your responsiveness on this herbal issue and it's good to have you here. >> i'm director of the department on the status of women. last night i was
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[inaudible] it really did reaffirm the importance of inclusiveness and that's the kind of inclusiveness we like to demonstrate at the department for or transgender sisters. as you know, the violence against women intervention and prevention grants [inaudible] 35 thousand individuals and of these 98 were transendered. the rec was able to expand their program supporting transgender clients. i know you'll be hearing from
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other department agencies of ours who all have services for transgendered clients, but it's not formally under our violence against women prevention and division grants program. >> i think with challenge comes opportunity, my office has been working with domestic violence departments and how to work to prevent violence against transgender women. i know groups like ella, the funding we have given them has been for
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hiv related work, but a lot of the work they do is around violence prevention. i think we have a way here to create the right level of funding. we even thought of doing a supplemental but we are in the middle of the budget process and i would like to work with your department to see how with [inaudible] to do violence prevention work for transgender women. >> last week at the [inaudible] we met with ella and with lyric to talk about the unmet needs by this community and it was very clear to us that we need to do a better job and the level of violence was just astounding. it was not acceptable for our city so i would like to make a
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commitment. one of the things we can do better is better data collection so we are committed in the next fiscal year to mod fie our forms so we're asking our agencies how in transgenders are you [inaudible] particularly in the area of raining. i think there's a lot of need in the area of training. just one last note. we did in our 2012 update the girl's report /-r /-r include a new section that hadn't been there before on the needs of lgtb girls and i /tpho*e [inaudible] is here from the school district and she's going to view some of those very detail /-ld statistics but we were quite alarmed of depression and /aeu cemented suicides among lgtb
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girls and transgender. so that showed us there's unmet need in this community /-fp >> thank you very much. let's here from the san francisco unified school district. thank you for being present in this important discussion. >> being that we're from the school district, we have a powerpoint, so do we just -- and we were asked to bring some copies so i've got -- >> great. do we need tech
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support? do you have it? >> hi, i'm kevin and i'm here [inaudible] for lgtbq youth. /tp*eurls i want to thanks supervisor campos for asking us to put into context some of the programs and policies that we have in san francisco unified to protect the safety of our transgender students and to give you a snapshot of some of our data. and supervisor yee, you know this data almost as well as we do, i think. so
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support services for lgbtq youth provides [inaudible] we provide professional develop. we have liaisons in all our mids and high schools. we bring in theater paren presentationings. at the bottom there is our website link, which also has the policies and procedures as well as curriculum that our educators and some of our students can access if they want. it's the first program of its kind and the only one
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that's integrated throughout the whole district.
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>> 1.3 of our middle school students identify as transgender and 1.6 of our high school students identify as transgender. >> we wanted to put a little bit of context into our general populations and you can see here that about 1600 identify as lgbq, with the large else number in our middle school students falling under the q. in our high school it's about 1800 who identify as lgbq. there's a slight drop in the
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percentage here to 11 because the q shrinks for high school. >> why is the t not there? >> this is just on sexual or yen /taegs. orientation. >> so now we'll get into some of the specific data. our first slide shows /raeuls and ethnicity. you'll see middle school [inaudible] and then the next line is the total population within that [inaudible] and then the second, third column over our high school population by race
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and ethnicity. so looking into some of the disparities, you will see the first slide is on bullying. i want to remind you that the question that we ask on the wire is how the students identify their gender so you'll see students who identify as male or female or transgender. again, we're going all the way down with cyber bullying, or skipping school because they don't feel safe. this is three, four, five, eight times higher for our transgender
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students. similar questions. >> if we look at some of the health risk disparities here we can see it's quite obvious that our students who identify as transgendered are at much greater risk at the middle school level for having used a variety of substances and also is pretty alarming in the high school level as well. the suicide is also highly increased for our students who identify as transgender. and as the supervisor [inaudible] we have made explicit out reach on this topic, especially with
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our high school students. and if we look here in terms of our sexual behaviors, you can see that we don't know what the sex is, but we -- it is clear that our students who are transgendered are at higher risk for engaging in risky sex activities as well. this surveys sixth, seventh and ninth graders. what it does is it looks at assets and risk factors of our students. if we look at our middle school environment indicators where it's looking apt connectedness to school and sense of safety,
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you can see that our transgender students were at higher risk for not feeling safe at school or feeling attached to an adult at school. the good news is in high school it is almost [inaudible] in their sense of being happy with the school, part of the school and attached to an adult. our policy -- the san francisco unified school district on transgender eded /kwro*uz the bathroom that corresponds /kor to their [inaudible] identified gender. our outreach to students and to
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families who are gender variant or who are transgendered. includes [inaudible] also as well as on the high school level we've done some explicit outreach and our youth outreach workers have presented ed peer presentations reaching [inaudible] so it'll come in the last day. and some of the names of the outreaches were clear, the love fest, lgbtq and our sexual health fairs.
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thanks. >> thank you very much. supervisor yee. >> so in asking the questions earlier in terms of the facts and whether they were targeting or not and in real life that this high percentage of transgender students that have contemplated suicide, it's probably due more to this teasing and this verbal things that go on in the school setting an outside the school setting rather juan somebody actually being attacked. >> i think there's a couple of things for us to consider when we look at our students in school who are coming to an
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awareness that their gender doesn't match stereo typical norms. they are teased as a rule, they are bullied as a result and oftentimes they aren't clear who they can turn to for assistance. the other thing that's problematic about this data is we don't know [inaudible] identifying as transgender, but we don't know who they are. so our programs do cut us a broad swap to educate and to provide resources for all of our students so that we hope that the students who need the assistance will come in to our wellness programs or will meet with the /skao*l social workers or district nurses to get that help. it's one of the
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challenges that is an ongoing issue for us. so in response, there's many issues that would lead a young person to consider or attempt or to plan a suicide. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. i just want to make one observation. i used to work for the school district and the school district, at times, you always felt [inaudible] like a stepchild or somehow you were not. as good doing as good a the city, i think this is an example that there are areas where the school district is far ahead of where some city agencies are in terms of the level of data collection. this is really impressive and i'm proud to see that. >> thank you. and i have